VIRGINIA BRIEFS: Ceramic Sculptures by Jessica Gardner On Display at NOVA

12/4/2013, 3 p.m.
Gardner uses ceramic figures and interactive toys in her sculptures to trigger playful memories. She also incorporates second-hand children’s clothing.
Ceramic sculptures by Jessica Gardner will be on display at NOVA-Manassas Dec. 4 to Jan. 31, including the piece seen here. (Courtesy photo)

Community College Dec. 4 to Jan. 31. The exhibition is free and open to the public 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays, except when NOVA is closed for winter break (Dec. 24 to Jan. 1). The campus is at 6901 Sudley Road. For more information, contact Barbara Lash at blash@nvcc.edu or 703-257-6657.

Gardner uses ceramic figures and interactive toys in her sculptures to trigger playful memories. She also incorporates second-hand children’s clothing.

“My imagination is sparked by the past experiences of each piece of clothing I select,” she said. “The importance of used textile is both conceptual and technical. This clothing once protected a young child and is now imbued with history. These remnants of childhood are preserved in clay, capturing a moment that life’s haste has left behind.”

Gardner lives in Manassas and teaches studio art courses at NOVA. Her work has been shown throughout the United States and published in “500 Teapots, Volume 2.” She holds a master of fine arts degree from Georgia State University and a post-baccalaureate certificate in ceramic arts from the University of Florida.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the college's website, www.nvcc.edu.

NOVA-Manassas hosts successful Science Symposium

More than 150 people attended a Science Symposium Nov. 18 at the Manassas Campus of Northern Virginia Community College.

Presentations by researchers from the National Institutes of Health, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Georgetown University, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Bode Technology Group and CERES Nanosciences covered such topics as biotechnology, nanoscience, cancer research, bioinformatics, cell biology, neuroscience and forensics.

During the symposium, NOVA’s Biotechnology Program was highlighted several times, with a NOVA biotechnology graduate presenting the first talk and words of praise from speakers who have employed biotechnology students. Many opportunities for future partnerships such as internships, job opportunities and transfer options for NOVA students were discussed.

“The event provided enrichment opportunities for students and professional development for science faculty. It also established a connection between the science that is taught in our classrooms and research that goes behind the information in textbooks,” said event organizer Ia Gomez, assistant dean of science at NOVA’s Manassas Campus.

Prince William County Department of Economic Development and NOVA’s Office of Student Success sponsored the event and provided the networking breakfast and lunch. To learn more, contact Gomez at igomez@nvcc.edu.